Poem: negocios

                               March 4, 2016
She made freshred pinones for four visitors
stopped by two soldiers with guns
looking for Mapuchesburningdam
looking looking
somehow she knew
her daughters had ridden three hours
to shake down cones from oldold 
monkey puzzle pines
4 would come
20 kilos
araucaria
a kilo bubbling in the pot
somehow
coihui 
Maria’s father
Anhioline
had gone to Washington
testified with Ted Kennedy
against the two great dams on the Rio Biobio
spoken to the World Bank
25 years ago
deadears
dead
their name is Murriao
rebellious Black Horse
Murr
prayed on a volcanic rock a holy  
machipurri
mapu to the volcan
fierystallion
i a o
smoking
misty
to showerlava
burytheWashingtonWorldBankSocialistadam
some mapuche went from their land
to richer plots
paid by clawed hawkers
far from the Rio
BioBio
from ceremony
commonland
community
into harsh
winters
frozendream
a German and Chilean
knockknockknocked the door
sudden loud
theycame
German and Chilean
a Socialist tortured by Pinochet he said
from Deutschland
so many disappeared
to buy Maria’s land
for a song
small woman
flashing eyes
BIGMEN
a new dam
small they said
pequeno  
shake shakedown
pequin ito
the land
why do you come on Sunday,
Maria said, working the field with her daughter
your day of rest
tall green stalks
chesthigh

picking peas
what spirit possesses you
to seek the land this day?
“here’s an offer
they said
Maria had long
fought the damming
of the RioBiobio
once

clear  to  the  bottom
dam up a reservoir
waters silted
cloudy
arrested tortured
for electricity
homes flooded over
wires crackling
cimentareo threatened
are our ancestors
pellets along her right leg
they did not know
come fresh from Germany
nothing?
Maria had thrown a chair
at El Gobernador
againsthedamn
thought they could buy
the mapu for a song
small woman
twobigmen
dividing Mapuche
womanwaters
over graves
they did not know community
or the canopy of the rain forest
2000 years old
the arellano red and thick
white mushrooms
monkeypuzzle pines
araucaria
puzzling

2000 years
hunched atop volcanos
community  in  wetness
now despoiled for rapidgrowingforeign pines
and eucalyptus
sucking  water
dead rain forest
vanished   blue 
people need water tanks
in the deadwet
cannot get
the German and the man who had been tortured
knew none of this
water
sought to buy the land
woman
waters
shake down the Mapu
for a song
“the waters in the mountains are polluted”
they said
you are the pollution  Maria said
“we will install a wi-fi tower
for the resettled village
buy an ambulance for a hospital
they said
You will take our land and water
and be gone
in a day
fasterthan
flash fire  fly
gone dead
she said
half and half Maria said
       –  my land and water
 your money for the community  
of the revenue we make forever
“oh no ohno  oh   nonono
they said
we have to pay

impuestos

muchos 
we  take the  land
for your benefit they said
smoother than greenserpent
drying the soil
eucalypticforeignpine
No    she     said

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